Don’t miss out on something so spectacular.

Bruntingthorpe Aviation strives to maintain the Cold War Jets Collection in fully serviceable order and our voluntary teams do exceptionally well in preserving these historical aircraft. Although retired from active duty, many of the jets remain in fully working order and therefore, twice a year, we open our doors for visitors to experience a truly unique event. Due to the nature of this event high noise volumes are to be expected, it is advised that ear protection is worn by those attending. 

To exercise the aircraft, a selection of the jets perform full power taxi runs on our 3.2km runway, a spectacle that should not be missed. On our scheduled Fast Taxi Days, the gates to the site open at 9 am with the first taxi often planned for approximately 11 am. We charge a fee of £20 for adults, £15 for concessions, including pensioners and those with disabilities, and children under 16 are welcome free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are only available on the gate so please ensure you arrive in plenty of time (Please be aware tickets can not be purchased in advance).

The Bruntingthorpe site has ample parking for the event, however, during busy periods fly-ins are not always possible. Please call us to check before confirming journey plans.

We have two dates scheduled for 2019, Sunday 26th May and Sunday 25th August, however, keep an eye out on our news and events page for further details on the upcoming open days.




Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire is the current home of C Walton Limited, Manheim Auctions, Big Thunder Events, Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground and the Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, featuring the iconic Cold War Jets Collection as well as a number of other automotive businesses. All situated within the 670-acre site, there is something to meet the needs of each of our customers. Our wide range of facilities allow us to cater for any type of event, from the standard to the obscure, and thanks to our 3.2km straight, Bruntingthorpe still operates as an active airfield.

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